Much like last year, 00 had scheduled a special stage at the date of the preliminary results' announcement. A couple of songs had been performed, after the final of which the members remained onstage or walked on, depending on if they had performed in the final song or not. On the screen behind them, two tables appeared. The higher had 16 rows (and one extra for, presumably, the titles for each column, and two columns. The lower table had 8 rows plus a title row, and 4 columns.
A small window appeared in the upper right corner of the screen, revealing Hikari.
"Every year," she spoke, "we've done something a little bit different from the year before with the Senbatsu Sousenkyo. This year, there aren't two selections of members that will be picked. It's three. Places 32 to 25 will become Next Girls, the addition this year. Places 24 to 17 will become Undergirls. And finally, places 16 to 1 will be the Senbatsu for AKB0048's next single." As she spoke, the information she mentioned appeared in the tables.
"So, to start it all off," she spoke, "32nd to 29th place. With 91'232 votes, Natsuki Hotaru, in 32nd place. In 31st place, with 199'864 votes, Kuramochi Asuka the 13th. In 30th place, with 455'529 votes, Shiratama Mayu. 29th place is, with 491'528 votes, Nakahara Monica."